With a screenwriter locked down and producer Frank Marshall telling MTV News that the candidate list has been narrowed down to “a couple,” the search for a director for “Star Wars: Episode VII” seems to be coming to a close.
MTV News has followed every rumor and every comment from every director from the very beginning, so if this really is the end of the search, it’s time we put our money down on the table. It’s time we put up and put odds to each candidate who has spoken out about the “Star Wars” directing job.
Jon Favreau – 7 to 1
A favorite candidate of Splash Page editor Josh Wigler, Favreau’s part in success of the Marvel Universe certainly puts him in Disney’s good graces, and it should be noted that he has worked with Harrison Ford before. Hollywood Life spoke with the director about the possibility of working on the series, and he left the door open. “I think there is a lot of question marks of how they are going to do it, and who they are going to do it with, and what the story is going to be about; but to say that I am not excited about it is definitely an understatement,” he said. “We’ll see.”
Colin Trevorrow – 6 to 1
The Trevorrow rumor started at Celebuzz, and considering the source and the director’s short résumé, it was taken with a bigger grain of salt than most others. That is until Trevorrow himself gave a very cautious but enthusiastic response to Filmmixern about the scuttlebutt. “I can definitely say that I would absolutely love to direct a ’Star Wars’ film at some point in my life,” he said. “That would be incredible. I’m not daunted by it.”
Joe Johnston – 20 to 1
Who better than the guy that designed Boba Fett could director “Episode VII”? It also doesn’t hurt that “Captain America” was pretty great. The Huffington Post got a hold of Johnston, and his response was essentially “maybe.” “A lot would depend on what ’it’ is,” he said. “I am very glad to see Lucasfilm cranking up to get productive again, regardless of who ends up doing it.”
Just give the man his Boba Fett movie, already!
Guillermo Del Toro – 1 to 10
It hurts to say, but maybe we should be grateful that Del Toro hasn’t been contacted about “Episode VII.” As excited as we are for “Pacific Rim,” his other big projects, like “At the Mountains of Madness” and his version of “The Hobbit,” tend not to see the light of day. Though his name has been tossed around by fans, Del Toro told Fanhattan no one from Disney has contacted him. “You know, I saw it on the Internet, but I haven’t approached them, they haven’t formally approached me,” he said. “I mean, I heard some rumblings, but to me it’s really — I have so many projects to discuss or think about. [For] something that is not a possibility yet, I don’t do that. You know, because I have so many things that I need to catch up with.”
Matthew Vaughn – 4 to 1
Every big directing gig needs that all-important first rumored candidate, and Collider offered that up when they put Vaughn’s name forward. Without citing specific sources, the site suggested that “Star Wars” was the reason for Vaughn’s sudden departure from “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” but Mark Millar later stated (via CBR) that a rush to make their collaboration, “Secret Service,” was the cause.
Brad Bird – 4 to 1
And then there was one. Of the three directors specifically named in Vulture’s scoop about Michael Arndt getting the writing gig, Bird is the only one who hasn’t taken his name out of the running. In fact, he hasn’t commented at all, which raises suspicion, considering that everyone else on this list has addressed the rumors personally or through an associate. Plus with one Pixar alum already onboard to write, a director from the animation house wouldn’t be all that shocking. What secrets are you keeping, Bird?
Steven Spielberg – 1 to 50
A friend of Lucas and longtime Kennedy collaborator, Spielberg addressed speculation incredulously, telling Access Hollywood, “No! No! It’s not my genre. It’s my best friend George’s genre.” There’s also a little movie called “Robopocalypse” with Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway that could get in the way.
Zach Snyder – 1 to 100
It takes a bold director to attempt a Superman reboot immediately after adapting a so-called un-adaptable comic, but Snyder isn’t looking to a galaxy far away for his next show of bravery. “I don’t think I’d be interested in [directing it],” Snyder told the LA Times. “I’m a huge ’Star Wars’ fanatic. I just think doing [episodes] seven, eight and nine is just a slippery slope. It’s a whole other mythological experiment I’m excited to see, but it’s a lot of effort.”
J.J. Abrams – 1 to 100
Besides the fact that there could be no bigger scandal in all of the galaxy than having the “Star Trek” director helm “Star Wars,” Abrams told Entertainment Weekly that he was too big of a fan. “As a kid, I was always a fan of special effects,” Abrams said. “Watching movies I was constantly trying to figure out how they did it, whatever the effect was. Star Wars was the first movie that blew my mind in that way; it didn’t matter how they did any of it because it was all so overwhelmingly and entirely great.”
Quentin Tarantino – 1 to 1,000,000
Sorry, but the guy really, really doesn’t seem like he wants to direct a “Star Wars” movie. His response said it all. “I could so care less,” he told EW. “No, sorry. Especially if Disney’s going to do it. I’m not interested in the Simon West version of Star Wars.”
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